Busy time for police in run-up to Halloween

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Youngsters at county schools have been receiving talks about old guys and ghouls in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Safer Community Team officers across Northamptonshire have been taking crime prevention and safety messages into the classroom as the half-term school holiday beckons.

The officers are keen that the youngsters stay safe and enjoy the season of smiling pumpkins and fizzing fireworks.

But the talks also concentrated on the fact that for many people – older people in particular – the season is not so fun.

In the east of the county, officers have been going into local schools armed with leaflets and presentations to explain how fun for some can be regarded as anti-social behaviour by others.

Inspector Pauline Sturman, of Wellingborough police, said: “This is a fantastic time of the year for many members of our community but it is important that we remember that not everyone shares the enthusiasm for spooky things or loud bangs.

“To ensure that the celebrations are enjoyed by everyone, and that we all stay safe, PCSOs from the Wellingborough Town and Rural teams have been visiting all primary schools in the area.

“We are also holding specific events within the wider community for those who are not so young, including our ‘Have Your Say’ event on 26 and 27 October.

“The location has not yet been agreed, but please check the force website for details.”

In the Rushden area, the emphasis has been on test purchasing operations this month.

Inspector Vaughan Clarke, of East Northamptonshire police, added: “We have once again been running operations to identify and prosecute those premises that do not uphold the law in relation to the selling of alcohol and fireworks to children.

“We have also visited local schools to advise children to be respectful of the wishes of others at this time of year and I would ask parents to re-enforce that message with their own children.”

Two dedicated anti-social behaviour patrol cars – together with foot patrols – will be out in Corby this week and every day until Bonfire Night.

Inspector Carl Sturman, of Corby police, added: “This is an exciting time of the year for young children and the emphasis should be on youngsters having fun.

“However, this should not be at the expense of anyone who does not want to get involved and I appeal to young people to enjoy the next couple of weeks but to do so safely and to think how others might be affected.

“We will be policing all events in Corby in a friendly but positive way and we will be taking account of everybody’s right to enjoy their free time.”